All you need to know about MICAAnisha Mukhija
The most noteworthy thing while preparing for MICAT is that one never knows what really works for MICA. Their scoring patterns, group discussions and personal interviews have incredible secrets stored within them. Furthermore, the unpredictability of the test is the benchmark for its formulation and hence it leaves very little room for preparation, but what remains in our hands is to practice and make it perfect.
If you are preparing for CAT/XAT, the Quant portion becomes easy. Especially relevant is the fact, the Quant paper in MICAT is easier than CAT. This section mostly includes Arithmetic related topics including Time and Speed, Time and Work, Average, Allegations and Mixtures. Other topics include Profit and Loss, Numbers, Venn Diagrams, Functions, Probability, Mensuration, and Equations.
The verbal section of the paper includes topics like para jumbles, reading comprehension, statement-assumption, statement- conclusion etc. In addition, one important hack for verbal is to prepare well for ‘statement assumption and conclusion’. Most of the students lack preparation for it. There are games available online that can help you test your word power and make it enjoyable too.
Verbal reasoning and word association form an important part of the Logical Reasoning paper. There is one hack to Word association hack: You must know a lot of proverbs and phrases like a Pride of Lions, a Pack of Wolves, etc
GK (General Knowledge):
Here is where one can beat the crowd most of the students fail to prepare for this one. General Knowledge is a thing that does not come all of a sudden, and even if you know something, it does not mean that you will remember it. Questions cover current affairs to business news to advertising agency trivia to global brands awareness, etc. You can read up more on Campaign India, Afaqs, Bizquizzard and Exchange4Media.
How does one prepare for the Creative Writing Section at MICAT?
A fascinating section of MICAT is Essay Writing and Story Writing. A hack to clear MICAT is to practice writing at least 2 to 3 months before the exam; even if you think you’re good at it. Read some good short stories to get inspired. The portion of essay writing is to test your thought process, your perspective and your craft on topics based on you.
How does one go about the Psychometric Test?
The Psychometric section is another compelling feature of MICAT. Students are given 30 MCQs to comprehend their Aspirations, Motivations, and Behavior. This section can be cracked through honesty and early introspection. Students should practice writing 20 good and bad things about themselves and take a firm stand while attempting this section in the exam. Try avoiding neutral as the choice. There are no right or wrong answers. This test in only to understand how you think. Hence a student must try and not be manipulative or diplomatic.
How does one prepare for a Personal Interview Round?
No, it is not as extreme as roadies! One thing you have to do is to have clear reasons as to why MICA and not another B-School. You must have a clear understanding of why you wish to pursue a certain career path, and what you wish to gain from MICA. The likes and dislikes section in the interview form forms quite an interesting part of the interview process and hence know it in and out.
How does one prepare for a Group Exercise Round?
Get the job done. Period. Cooperate with others yet assert your presence. Come up with ideas and be receptive of other’s opinion. Be a team player, don’t try and cut people off. Keep a track of the time limit and strategize.
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